to offer an apology or excuse for some fault, insult, failure, or injury: He apologized for accusing her falsely.
to make a formal defense in speech or writing.
- Also especially British, a·pol·o·gise .
- a·pol·o·giz·er, noun
- re·a·pol·o·gize, verb (used with object), re·a·pol·o·gized, re·a·pol·o·giz·ing.
- un·a·pol·o·giz·ing, noun
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How to use apologize in a sentence
Another recent visitor to Monaco said that society figures have taken to 'pre-emptively apologising for' Charlene.Charlene Cold Shouldered in Monaco as Deal to Provide Albert's Heir Goes Sour | Tom Sykes | May 5, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I don't understand what she has done, but I'm sure there must be some reason for her not apologising.Fifty-Two Stories For Girls | Various
He poured forth descriptions of statues and pictures in his letters: sometimes apologising.Life of John Coleridge Patteson | Charlotte M. Yonge
"But it may be all important that the work should be done," said the Baronet, apologising for his past misconduct.The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope
He felt that he was taking an unreasoning dislike for the apologising Thomas, so anxious to ingratiate himself.Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels | Mrs. Charles Bryce
How sweetly the tune that is written is saying that obeying is meaning that apologising is not beautifying.Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein | Gertrude Stein
British Dictionary definitions for apologize
to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
to make a formal defence in speech or writing
- apologizer or apologiser, noun
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